Dog Training Surrey & Southwest London

Bonny Dog Behaviour

‘No problem too big, no puppy too small!’

Bonny Dog Behaviour in Hampton is run by Bethany who is a dog trainer and behaviour consultant working throughout Surrey and South West London. She holds an FdSc in Animal Management and is a Full member of the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers) and holds further accreditation with the OCN (Open College Network) in ‘Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour LIII’. After working at Battersea Dogs Home for over 5 years Bethany has worked with dogs of all ages, breeds, sizes and abilities. Bethany prides herself on staying up to date, with the highest standards of a proven, science based approach, using the most ethical and force free methods with a focus on positively reinforced training and behaviour.

Call 07983400317 for a free phone consultation for dog training in Richmond, Surrey and Southwest London. Happy to travel for a nominal fee.




TOP TIPS for new puppy owners!

Teach your pup to be calm when outside – take a blanket, sit down and take in your surroundings and enjoy each other’s company!

Don’t encourage strangers to feed your pup as it can encourage them to jump up – if they have greeted someone nicely then you can reward them yourself 😍

Don’t greet every dog you see – it’s so important for your puppy to learn that you are the most fun in the park – dogs are cool, but you are cooler! One of the most common training issues I address is when dogs cannot focus on their owner when other dogs are present – so they should learn from a young age that they can’t meet every dog they see.

Make a conscious effort for your puppy to experience novel items and situations – people with hats, sunglasses, umbrellas – different floor textures, noises – download an app called ‘Soundproof Puppy’ and begin getting them used to the noises of fireworks, dogs barking, babies crying etc.

Go to a good puppy class where there is controlled socialisation which benefits your puppy, small class sizes and positive, science based learning which is fun for you and your pup!!

Email for more information or to book onto Bonny Dog Puppy Classes based at Linden Hall Community Centre in Hampton.

TOP TIPS for new Rescue Dog Owners

Be understanding. Your doggy has just had a massive life change – twice! They have gone into kennels, and then gone home with you. Having worked for over 5 years in a busy rescue centre I can tell you that it can be a stressful experience for them and increases the value of your love and attention. Realise how valuable you are to them and how excited they are to have you!

Be realistic. Ensuring that you have realistic expectations of your new doggy is incredibly important. Do not have high expectations of the fact that you will be able to leave your dog for hours or that they will come already housetrained, these things can take time and patience.

Be prepared. Make sure you are prepared for your new arrival – make sure you have time to settle them into their new home as you do not want to have to leave them for hours when they are not ready. Who is going to walk your dog if you need to work? Where will your dog go while you’re on holiday – good sitters and boarders get booked well in advance, so don’t leave this as a last-minute decision. Have a trainer or behaviourist who can help you settle your dog in and support you on your new journey. Every dog is an individual so even if you have owned dogs for years it is always helpful to have support.

Be consistent. If you do not want your dog on the sofa then make sure that this is a boundary that you implement from the beginning. Do this with kindness and offer your dog a nice alternative such as a cosy bed by your feet. Make sure that all the family is on board with training in order to set your doggy up for success!

Be patient. Please be patient. Your new dog is not an ‘addition’ it is now a part of your family and sometimes family can be hard work! But persevere and the results will be so rewarding! There is nothing more precious than a rescue dog. They love and appreciate you more than you know, even when sometimes it doesn’t feel like it! After a massive life change it can take a while to settle, and even when they have settled, their new-found confidence may bring with it some struggle after the honeymoon period. But be patient and do everything with love and kindness and through working together you will have an enriched life and an unshakeable bond.

Email for more information on 1-2-1 Training/Behaviour Modification or to book onto Bonny Dog Beginner and Rescue Dog Classes based at Linden Hall Community Centre in Hampton.